Jaffurs Wine Cellars Santa Barbara County
An impressive small range of Rhône styles is made at Craig Jaffurs climate-controlled winery in Santa Barbara. The first vintage here was 1994 and production is still small and quality high. Syrah is the main focus and is sourced from the Ampelos, Thompson, Larner, Kimsey, Verna’s and Bien Nacido vineyards. Roussanne comes from the Stolpman Vineyard while a Grenache Blanc is sourced from the Thompson Vineyard. Viognier is richly textured, full and fat with subtle varietal character and hints of peach and citrus fruit. The Santa Barbara Syrah is typically dark and spicy with ripe black pepper notes and impressive weight for a regional bottling. At just over 1,400 cases a year, it is the largest-volume wine. The much smaller-volume single vineyard bottlings are fuller, richer and altogether more complex. Bottled unfined and unfiltered expect them to benefit from at least 3 or 4 years’ cellaring. (DM)
Jaffurs Wine Cellars Santa Barbara County www.jaffurswine.com
Craig Jaffurs 819 East Montecito Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
Tel: 805 962-7003 Fax: 805 962-7003
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